CORONAVIRUS

Iowa reports 950 new virus cases, 45 deaths on Friday

Medical staffers perform a COVID-19 test Nov. 19 at the Test Iowa site, 5755 Willow Creek Dr. SW in Cedar Rapids. (Jim S
Medical staffers perform a COVID-19 test Nov. 19 at the Test Iowa site, 5755 Willow Creek Dr. SW in Cedar Rapids. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

Iowa on Friday reported 950 new COVID-19 cases and 45 new confirmed deaths.

Iowa’s seven-day average of new cases was 967, marking the first time the average has dropped below 1,000 since Oct. 10.

The new Friday cases were found in 3,781 tests conducted during the 24-hour period ending at 11 a.m., for a one-day positivity rate of 25.1 percent.

Eight of Iowa’s 99 counties were reporting 14-day positivity rates above 15 percent, according to a Gazette analysis of Iowa Department of Public Health data.

Linn County reported 72 new cases Friday. The county’s seven-day average is 59. To date, 18,333 virus cases have been reported in the county.

Johnson County added 15 new cases. The county’s seven-day average is 29. Since March, Johnson County has reported 12,413 cases.

Iowa has reported a total of 317,387 COVID-19 cases and 4,577 virus-related deaths since March.

Friday’s new cases included 176 among youth ages 17 and younger. Three new cases were reported among education workers.

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To date, 34,577 young people and 7,704 education workers have tested positive for the virus since March.

Deaths

Of the 45 deaths reported Friday, 30 were among individuals over the age of 80, with 13 deaths among those between 61 and 80. Adults between the ages of 41 and 60 accounted for two deaths.

The 45 deaths were reported across 28 counties.

Polk, Scott and Warren counties each reported four deaths each. Counties reporting two deaths each were Black Hawk, Buena Vista, Dubuque, Fremont, Marshall, Montgomery, Sioux and Taylor.

Counties reporting one death each were Adair, Cherokee, Fayette, Franklin, Guthrie, Hardin, Harrison, Johnson, Jones, Kossuth, Lee, Linn, Lyon, Marion, O’Brien, Story, and Woodbury.

To date, Linn County has reported 282 COVID-19 deaths since March, while Johnson County has reported 56. Jones County has had 51. The most deaths have been reported in Polk County — 472.

Hospitalizations

The number of individuals hospitalized with the virus dropped during the 24-hour period, from 391 on Thursday to 383 on Friday, according to state public health data.

The number of patients in intensive care units rose slightly, from 80 to 82. The number of patients on ventilators dipped from 32 to 29.

Vaccines

As of 6 a.m. Thursday, 48,386,275 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been distributed in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than half of them — 26,193,682 — have been administered.

The data shows that 21,698,606 people have received one dose, and 4,263,056 have completed the two-dose regimen.

The CDC data shows 391,575 doses of the vaccine have been distributed in Iowa.

Iowa public health data shows that as of Wednesday, 234,653 doses have been administered, with 222,965 doses going to Iowa residents. Of those, 130,353 individuals have received the first dose of the vaccine series, and 52,150 have received both doses.

In Linn County, 18,520 doses have been administered, with 17,432 county residents vaccinated and 3,745 of them having completed the two-dose series.

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In Johnson County, 28,478 vaccine doses have been administered, a total that includes 19,854 county residents, 6,052 of whom have completed the two-dose series.

Johnson County is expected to start the second phase of its vaccine program next week.

The county’s Phase 1B distribution plan will make vaccines accessible to residents aged 65 and older, as well as other at-risk populations, such as people with disabilities living at home, as well as essential workers most at risk for exposure to the virus, such as food, manufacturing and distribution workers who work and live in congregate settings.

Additionally, first responders, Pre-K-12 school employees, early education and child care workers also will qualify for that round of vaccines.

Long-term care

As of 11 a.m. Friday, 58 long-term care facilities in Iowa were reporting COVID-19 outbreaks, down two from the previous 24-hour period.

According to the state data, 1,809 individuals in long-term care facilities are positive for the virus — a decrease of 58 from the previous 24-hour period.

Since March, 1,903 individuals have died in the facilities.

Comments: (319) 398-8238; kat.russell@thegazette.com

Katie Brumbeloe of The Gazette contributed to this report.

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